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Old 12-16-2010, 04:12 PM
 
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Default Commuting to MUSC

Hey South Carolinians,

I've gotten a job offer at MUSC, and am curious about the neighbourhoods in and around charleston. My wife and I have a young baby and are would be looking for a property in the 175-250k range. Our priorities are:

A) Safe enough to walk around at night
B) Parks and shops within walking distance
C) Commute to MUSC

Can anyone offer some suggestions? Downtown and Mt. Pleasant seem nice, but I'm really only googling right now... Average commuting times would also be awesome!

Scott
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Old 12-16-2010, 04:54 PM
 
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At your price range, I will recommend James island, West Ashley, or John's island. The area in Mt. Pleasant at 175-250 are too far out and require at least 40 min drives to get into MUSC.
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Old 12-16-2010, 06:02 PM
 
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Not true. You could end up in lower Mt. Pleasant in that price range, neighborhoods like Chelsea Park, Oakhaven, Mallard Lakes, etc. You'd be 15-20 minutes drive to MUSC, or could even get there by bus. But yes, James Island and West Ashley would have offerings as well. Downtown, not so much.
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Old 12-16-2010, 08:59 PM
 
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Look at close in West Ashley- most of the neighborhoods have returned to reality in terms of pricing. James Island is equally close but the nearest neighborhoods tend to be a little pricier and do not have the walkability (or shops/dining) of the West Asley areas within 3-4 stop lights from the bridges. These will be mostly be homes from the 1930s to 1950s/60s.

The more walkable areas of Mt Pleasant are highly desired and priced accordingly.
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Old 12-17-2010, 06:05 AM
 
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Interesting... thanks for the replies. I have three followup questions:

1) Can you give me an idea about the commute to MUSC from West Ashely (say from St. Andrews shopping center on HWY 17 in West Ashley) and James Island (the corner of Folly Road and HWY 30)
2) Any safety concerns with West Ashley or James Island, any spots to avoid
3) Looking at some condos around James Island, I got the sense that some of them might be full of retired people. Are there alot of silver haired people living in that area?
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Old 12-17-2010, 06:12 AM
 
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you may want to consider renting something that is within walking distance of your classes.
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Old 12-17-2010, 07:29 AM
 
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"James Island (the corner of Folly Road and HWY 30" ....commute time is 5 minutes, maybe 10 minutes max. We commute from near the Wal Mart on Folly Rd to the VA hospital, 15 minutes...

As for the comment about the gray helmets...probably no more on James Island than anywhere else.

As for commuting from Mt Pleasant...personally, I would not. There is only one logical way to get from point A to point B, and even during non commute hours, the traffic can be aggravating on Hiway 17, east of the bridge....I couldn't imaging doing it twice a day, and on a schedule. At least from James Island, there are two routes into downtown. I'm a retired "gray helmet", I may have all the time in the world, but I do not have time to waste.

James Island would be my choice.....providing commute times are a critical issue....if not, maybe John's Island.

Regards
Gemstone1
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Old 12-17-2010, 08:28 AM
 
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Btw, I live two traffic light from the bridge in Mt. Pleasant, it take my 20 minutes exactly to get to MUSC. Anyone tell you anywhere further will take less, they don't drive that route everyday.
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Old 12-17-2010, 10:49 AM
 
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Cool. Thanks for all the advice everyone...
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Old 12-17-2010, 11:10 AM
 
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If you are working at MUSC, there is a good chance your commute might be before peak traffic times. If you get on Hwy17 earlier than 6:30a, the commute is a breeze. I live in Park West and work across the James Island Connector. Early morning commute times during the week for me are in the 35 minute range (and that is on James Island, well past MUSC). On weekends I have made it in 25 minutes, but that was a miraculous trip that had zero traffic lights in Mount Pleasant turn red on me. If I go to work around 3 in the afternoon, it will take me around 55 minutes.

On a normal 7am trip, I pass by MUSC at around the 25-30 minute mark. For it to take 20 minutes from the "second light from the bridge" (the Whole Foods intersection) that guy must be traveling at the very peak traffic time.

By the way, I don't speed and set my cruise control in anything other than heavy traffic. The times I speak of are very realistic.
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